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A La Carte (12/28)

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The Year Gone By – I think I’m going to do this before the year is through. “Christmas night after all the day’s festivities were over, I took a few minutes to write down a list of things I could remember from this past year. Most were obvious blessings. Some were trials that God turned to blessings. Some were big things, some small. Some were joyous, some were hard.”

Church on Christmas Morning – I enjoyed this article. Though written by an unbeliever, it shares an interesting perspective on going to church at Christmas. It’s a strange combination of condescending and encouraging. “I was moved by the sincerity and elegance of the event, and especially by the warm welcome. I could see how churchgoing plays such an important role in American life and realized, as I have often thought, had I married someone who was a practicing Christian how I could easily fit into a family pattern of going to services.”

Christian Focus 4 Kids – The publisher Christian Focus has a new blog meant for kids. They are offering some good deals on some of their kids’ books.

Why Read With a Plan – This is a helpful article from Dan Phillips: “All sorts of blogs are pointing you to reading plans. Let me help by leaning on and applying some why pressure, along with the what.”

The Year in Pictures – This was posted a few days ago, but I forgot to mention it. So here it is: Part 3 of the year in pictures from The Big Picture.

If you haven’t been jarred when you’re reading the Bible, you’re not reading it.

—John Piper

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…